Wednesday, July 20, 2011

on a wing and a prayer

Walking through the Wright Brothers Memorial last week in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, I marveled at the intelligence, perseverance and daring of Wilbur and Orville. Before that historic first flight in 1903, the brothers had to solve three major problems: lift, power and control. While theirs was an engineering and physics conundrum, it occurred to me that the same variables apply to so many other feats that we attempt in life. Things like love and friendship, parenthood, careers, callings, creativity. It's good to not only know what lifts us up, but to be willing to be lifted. We need to acknowledge our own power, yet rest in the Power, capital P, that passeth understanding. And be able to roll with things that can't, or needn't, be controlled. If we can manage to do these things, then we may truly know what it feels like to soar.

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